Medieval-Renaissance Studies

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The Medieval-Renaissance Studies major is an interdepartmental major focusing the student’s attention on the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and their classical antecedents.  The major affords students the structure of discipline-specific courses (including history, literature, and art history) and the flexibility of working across scholarly disciplines. 

"My Medieval-Renassance major feeds directly into my work now as a graduate student, though the benefits extend far beyond the surface material.  Working with that major at Hanover was incredibly rewarding, as it taught me not only about the concepts of the eras but also about the ways in which an interdepartmental major works - the interdisciplinary nature of the program helps immensely in my being able to work with scholars from all across the board in terms of interests, as well as being able to look at any task from several viewpoints. It doesn't hurt that the professors pulled in to teach were fantastic, diverse, and always entertaining."

Jenaba Waggy '09

Students wishing to declare this major must have their major programs approved by the Medieval-Renaissance Committee before entering the junior year; subsequent changes in major programs must also be approved by the Committee.

Hanover graduates with this major pursue positions as:

  • College professors
  • Librarian
  • Playwright
  • Museum curator
  • Scenic Designer
  • Theatre Director

Here’s a sampling of the graduate programs recent Medieval-Renaissance students have entered:

  • University of St. Andrews, Scotland
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo


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